Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State

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About the Author
Tamara Starblanket is Spider Woman, a Nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six Territory. Tamara holds an LLM (master of laws) from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LLB from the University of British Columbia. She is the Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples' Caucus (NAIPC).
Afterword: Sharon Venne LLB (Notokwew Muskwa Manitokan) is an Indigenous Treaty person (Cree) and by marriage a member of the Blood Tribe within Treaty 7. Sharon has published materials on the history of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations since 1977 and an article on the problem of NGOs and their interference in Indigenous Peoples' exercise of the right to self-determination within international law. In 2015, Sharon was given the lifetime achievement award from the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians for her work for Treaty Peoples.
Foreword: Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues. He is a former Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a leading member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and the author of numerous books, including A Little Matter of Genocide, Struggle for the Land, and Fantasies of the Master Race.
"This carefully researched and penetrating study focuses on one of its ugliest manifestations, the forcible transferring of indigenous children, and makes a strong case for Canadian complicity in a form of 'cultural genocide.'" NOAM CHOMSKY
"[B]elongs on the reading list of anyone concerned with social justice and addressing the ongoing colonialism on which the Canadian nation-state stands." STUDIES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE, McGill University

"The Residential School model existed in both Canada and the United States. It involved the systematic removal of Indigenous children - some as young as four - from their parents. These children were housed in crowded 'boarding schools' where - in addition to being subjected to an 'English only' education and corporal punishment for any expression of cultural heritage - they were "systematically demeaned and degraded, subjected to both physical and psychological torture (including wholesale sexual predation), denied [...] adequate nutrition, medical care, or clothing, and typically impressed into manual labor" (p. 22). As Starblanket demonstrates, precisely and conclusively, this programme of organized, racist, colonial violence amounts to genocide, as the crime has been defined in international law." DARRYL BARTHE, Decolonization of Criminology and Justice 2(1)
"Suffer the Little Children is a path-breaking text that rigorously and robustly documents the numerous ways in which the Canadian state has and continues to commit genocide against Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island." THE JOURNAL OF TEACHING AND LEARNING, Lakehead University

"Tamara Starblanket's book, Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State (with a foreword by Ward Churchill and an afterword by Sharon H. Venne), does what she declares it to do in the first chapter; "... to serve as a battering ram in which to hammer through the wall of denial." She accomplishes her purpose and more in this compelling and well-researched book.." CHRISTOPHER BLACK, Anishinabek News

"Throughout the book Starblanket demonstrates a broad knowledge of both history and law. The documentation is vast and precise... a tour de force..." ALFRED DE ZAYAS, former Secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee, UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, International Indigenous Policy Journal

"Starblanket's book is an important, thought-provoking, and timely interdisciplinary contribution to the field of law, history, and Indigenous Studies that will push readers to reconceptualize colonization and the characterization of residential schools as genocidal." CARLING BENINGER, BC STUDIES
"Starblanket delivers on her promise to provide a battering ram to demolish the colonial rhetoric which denies Canada's culpability for genocide, including the current discourse of reconciliation and "indigenization" wherein the efforts of indigenous peoples to survive genocide are coopted to generate propaganda designed to portray a remorseful and rehabilitated Canadian state." Seema Alhuwalia, Dept. Sociology, Canadian Journal of Native Studies